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Search for missing Alabama woman in its second week

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Aniah Haley Blanchard. Photos courtesy Auburn Police Department.

On Wednesday, Oct. 23, 19-year old Aniah Blanchard spoke with a friend on the phone just before midnight. That’s the last time any of her friends or family heard from her.

The next day, her family filed a missing person report with the Auburn Police Department in Alabama, reports WSFA.

Police say evidence from Blanchard’s damaged vehicle indicates foul play is involved in her disappearance. Photo courtesy Auburn Police Department.

On Friday night, police recovered Blanchard’s damaged 2017 Honda CRV at an apartment complex in Montgomery, Ala. Police said the damage occurred sometime since she disappeared.

The following Monday, Oct. 28, police released a surveillance video from an Auburn convenience store from Oct. 24 at about 12:30 a.m. about a half hour after Blanchard spoke with her friend. Witnesses say her vehicle was seen a few minutes after that.

Blanchard was wearing a gray tunic, black dress and tan boots. She is black woman with a light complexion, 5-foot 6-inches tall, with brown hair and brown eyes. Blanchard is a student at Southern Union State Community College in Lee County, Ala.

On Oct. 30, Auburn Police Chief Paul Register said Blanchard is likely in danger.

“There is obviously high probability and likelihood that there’s some foul play involved,” Register told WSFA. “It’s completely out of character for her to be off the grid like this and not in contact with her family.”

Yesterday, rewards for information in the case reached $105,000 from multiple sources, including Ultimate Fighting Championship. Blanchard’s stepfather, Walt Harris, is a UFC fighter.

If you have any information on Blanchard’s whereabouts, please call the Auburn Police Division Detective Section at 334-501-3140, the anonymous tip line at 334-246-1391 or the 24-hour non-emergency number at 334-501-3100.

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Vicksburg Firefighters quickly extinguish apartment fire

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Firefighters at the Shadow Cliff Apartment fire. (Photo by Tommy Parker)

Vicksburg firefighters quickly extinguished a stove top fire at the Shadow Cliff Apartments on Alcorn Drive Monday Night.

 

At 10:08 p.m. a fire was reported at the apartments that sit between the New Main apartments and Greater Grove Missionary Church. Alcorn Drive was shut down as firefighters worked to supply water to the fire.

The resident, who is visually impaired, smelled smoke and did exactly what firefighters and Chief Danczyk recommend – if you smell smoke call 911.

The resident had left something on the stove and it burned, creating the smoke.

“I always take fire calls seriously. Several years ago I answered a call where there were children still in a house. I had to put them out of a window then follow them out. This one turned out well in that no one was injured. Don’t hesitate if you think you have a fire. Dial 911 and get out!” explained a passionate Eric Paymon, Adam 3 with the Vicksburg Police Department.

Battalion 1, Platform 1, Ladder 3, Rescue, Fire Medics and numerous Vicksburg police officers including Adam 3, responded to the fire.

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China Grove temporarily closed due to an accident

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The Kia Forte and utility pole. (photo by Tommy Parker)

At 9:06 p.m. Monday night, a call came into the 911 call center of a single vehicle accident at 2060 China Grove Road. The impact took out power to the area and created a hazardous situation with power lines on the ground.

 

The area between Gibson Road and Nine Mile Cutoff will be closed while the wreck is cleaned up.

A utility pole was knocked down by the impact of the vehicle that ended up on its roof. Power to the immediate area is out and there are power lines on the ground. About 10 homes are without power according to Entergy.

The Kia Forte with full air bag deployment with electric wires on it. (Photo by Tommy Parker)

The driver of the grey Kia Forte suffered only minor injuries. He was checked out by first responders and released at the scene.

Daniel Thomas is working the accident for the Warren County Sheriff’s Office being assisted by Deputies Cordell Watkins and Thomas McBride . Responding to the accident were Fire Boss Jerry Briggs, Fisher Ferry Chief Mitch Lange along with Tim Wood and Robin Knighton of the Fisher Ferry fire department who worked the accident scene from Engine 303.

First responders and Warren County Fire Boss Jerry Briggs are requesting you avoid the area until the accident scene is deemed safe.

 

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City says gas smell poses no danger

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Numerous Vicksburg residents have reported a strong odor similar to natural gas in the city.

City officials say the smell is apparently due to a release on the harbor, and that it poses no danger.

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